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Track(s) taken from CDA67349
Recording details: May 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 4 minutes 13 seconds

'Brilliant and technically awesome … Philip Martin is never less than an extremely able and charming guide to this curious repertoire' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is a poignant period flavour to this music, which Martin captures with the utmost sensibility' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It's impossible to listen to this disc and not beam with pleasure … real melodic charm, surprising harmonic progressions, and enough sensuality and humour to put a kick in the greyest of January days. The recorded sound is gorgeous' (The Times)

'Martin once again reveals his mastery of Gottschalk’s special brand of refined sensuality … for Gottschalk’s growing band of admirers, this is an essential purchase' (Fanfare, USA)

'Philip Martin has the technical resources to do [Gottschalk] justice with straight-faced ease' (The Irish Times)

'finely played and beautifully recorded' (Pianist)

'Volume 6 maintains the same impressive standards set in Philip Martin’s five previous Gottschalk releases on Hyperion … If you’ve been collecting this series, don’t stop now. A delectable disc' (

'Philip Lane is perfectly suited to Gottschalk's music and his interpretations are well nigh unsurpassable. The recording is firm and very realist with a touch of brittleness at the top. In sum, this is another gorgeous piano music collection from the underrated American composer' (

Colliers d'or 'Deux mazurkas', RO58/9 Op 6
? 1847/9; published in Paris in 1851

RO58  [2'16]
RO59  [1'57]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
What young pianist-composer living in Paris in the late 1840s could help but fall under the influence of Frédéric Chopin? The Polish composer was at the height of his considerable celebrity; one of the many forms he had popularised and/or invented for the piano was the mazurka; Chopin’s mazurkas made his publishers happy. It would seem from these two Gottschalk apprentice works that any mazurkas would make a publisher happy. Though written when he was seventeen, by the time they appeared in print five years later, ‘L. M. Gottschalk de la Louisiane’ (as he was credited on all his early publications) was a celebrity himself, famous enough for anything bearing his name to sell. Op 6 No 1 in A is pastiche Chopin; the chromatic theme of Op 6 No 2 frames a second episode in E major, repeated in F major. In truth, the most distinctive thing about Colliers d’or is the title—‘Gold Necklaces’—publisher’s window-dressing if ever there was.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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